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Another woman who was involved in a relationship with shock rocker Marilyn Manson has accused him of mentally, emotionally and sexually degrading her over months of “constant abuse.”
Esme Bianco, who starred as the sex worker Ros in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” was a childhood fan of Marilyn Manson, according to a February interview with New York Magazine. She memorized his songs. She taped pictures of him to her lunchbox. She even went out with a Marilyn Manson lookalike.
Bianco met the real Manson, born Brian Warner, in 2005, through his then-fiancée, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday and uploaded by Deadline Hollywood. Following his divorce in 2007, Manson began flirting with Bianco and joking about her sending him nude photos. He flew the actress from her home in the United Kingdom to Los Angeles in 2009 on the premise of filming a music video.
Upon arriving in L.A., Bianco allegedly spent the next four days living in near-constant terror, according to the complaint. Manson allegedly gave her no food and kept her disoriented with a stream of drugs and alcohol. She was allegedly expected to be on-call at all times, made to wear lingerie and was subjected to Manson’s erratic mood swings.
Occasionally, Manson threw camera equipment around the room. Other times he would allegedly threaten to come into Bianco’s bedroom at night and rape her. And on one occasion, the artist allegedly tied Bianco to a prayer kneeler, beat her with a whip that he said was used by Nazis, and gave her electric shocks, according to the complaint.
Bianco said she justified the singer’s actions by thinking, “It’s just Manson being theatrical. We are going to make great art,” according to New York Magazine.
Bianco kept up a long-distance relationship with Manson for the next two years, occasionally flying to visit him in Los Angeles. She moved in with him just after the “Game of Thrones” pilot aired in April 2011. For the next two and a half months, she was allegedly caught in an accelerating spiral of constant abuse, according to the complaint.
Manson allegedly kept his home in “near-total darkness”, plied Bianco with drugs that made it difficult for her to tell the time of day or night. He would allegedly fly into fits of rage if she touched the curtains or the thermostat – kept at 63 degrees – and would keep her awake for days at a time. Bianco allegedly was not allowed to have visitors or leave the apartment without permission, but Manson would allegedly sometimes lock her out of the apartment overnight, according to the complaint.
“I basically felt like a prisoner,” Bianco told New York Magazine. “I came and went at his pleasure. Who I spoke to was completely controlled by him.”
During this time, Manson’s alleged physical and sexual abuse continued to escalate, according to the complaint. He allegedly had sex with Bianco while she was unconscious and whipped, bit, cut and spanked her without her consent. On one occasion, Manson allegedly cut Bianco with a knife during sex and uploaded photos of her wounds online. Another time, he allegedly chased her around his apartment with an ax, smashing holes in the walls.
After two and a half months, Bianco says she left Manson while he slept. But it took her years to recognize his alleged actions as abuse, according to New York Magazine.
“Hadn’t I put myself in these situations?” she recalled thinking. “I was dirty and I deserved it.”
Bianco continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and panic attacks as a result of Manson’s alleged abuse, according to the complaint. She testified to the California Assembly Public Safety Committee in 2019, supporting legislation that would increase the statute of limitations for domestic violence crimes. Her testimony, which she uploaded to Medium, referenced many of the acts alleged in the criminal complaint but did not name Manson as her abuser.
Numerous other women came forward in February 2021 testifying about similar experiences with Manson. Los Angeles authorities have since launched an investigation into their claims, and Manson’s record label and booking agent have dropped him, Oxygen.com reports. However, Manson has vehemently denied all allegations.
“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets of controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners,” he wrote in a Feb. 1 Instagram post.
Bianco’s lawsuit accuses Manson of sexual assault, sexual battery and human trafficking violations. She is seeking financial damages the court “finds necessary and proper,” according to the complaint.
Manson’s attorney, Howard King, denied Bianco’s accusations in a statement to Deadline Hollywood.
“These claims are demonstrably false,” he said. “To be clear, this suit was filed after my client refused to be shaken down by Ms. Bianco and her lawyer and give in to their outrageous financial demands based on conduct that simply never occurred. We will vigorously contest these allegations in court and are confident that we will prevail.”
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